Serviced offices in Bournemouth see ‘record demand’

An office rental company said it has seen record levels of interest in Bournemouth as research suggests many companies are considering relocating their headquarters.

Bourne Space operates four serviced office buildings in the city center and recorded its highest number of inquiries in May.

Visits to its website have tripled from February, he said.

A recent survey by law firm Gowling WLG and the British Property Federation found that almost half of medium and large companies plan to relocate their headquarters within the next three years.

As a result of the pandemic, only three percent were switching to full-time telecommuting.

Sarah Munro, Head of Bourne Space, said: “We have been incredibly busy since the winter lockdown began in March and May has been the busiest month we have had in terms of inquiries and news. members moving into our offices.

“Many companies that contact us are looking for a way to combine remote working with the benefits of face-to-face time in an office environment.

“So we see companies that are currently renting large office space downsizing or looking to rent regular meeting space for staff to come together for development and as a mental health benefit.

“But we also have companies contacting us because they are looking for more space or better facilities for their staff, who have been forced to work from home for such a long time.

“Overall, we are seeing a real shift in demand towards serviced offices as businesses seek convenience and flexibility for their staff. ”

Eighty-four percent of Gowling WLG survey respondents viewed serviced offices as a “viable option” and were either already using them or considering moving in the near future.

Authors Dan Gwilliam and Felicity Lindsay, of Gowling WLG, said: “The pandemic has accelerated the pace of change, literally forcing businesses and their employees to leave their offices and return home during successive closures.

“Decision makers of office occupants will start looking for office spaces that are flexible and able to adapt to their changing needs, potentially by the end of summer.”

Bourne Space operates three serviced office buildings on Exeter Park Road in Bournemouth – Bourne Park, Bourne Villa and Bourne Gardens – as well as Bourne House on Hinton Road.

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